Chase Whitley

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Chase Whitley
New York Yankees – No. 39
Pitcher
Born: (1989-06-14) June 14, 1989 (age 25)
Ranburne, Alabama
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 15, 2014 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 4-3
Earned run average 5.23
Strikeouts 60
Teams

Chase Coleman Whitley (born June 14, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.

Professional career[edit]

Minor Leagues[edit]

Whitley graduated from Ranburne High School in 2007.[1] He attended Southern Union State Community College,[2] and then transferred to Troy University. The Yankees drafted Whitley out of Troy in the 15th round, with the 475th overall selection, of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.[3]

Whitley made his professional debut as a relief pitcher for the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League. Serving as the closer for Staten Island,[4] he had a 1.31 earned run average and 15 saves. He was named an All-Star at midseason. In 2011, Whitley pitched for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League, recording seven saves in 42 appearances. In 2012, he pitched in middle relief for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of the Class AAA International League. Returning to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2013, Whitley had a 3-2 win–loss record and three saves in 29 appearances, five of which were starts.[3]

After pitching primarily as a reliever, Whitley began working as a starting pitcher in 2014.[3] The Yankees promoted Whitley to make his major league debut on May 15 against cross-town rival New York Mets in Citi Field.,[1][5]

New York Yankees (2014-present)[edit]

Whitley made his Major League debut on May 15, 2014 against the New York Mets. During his debut, he pitched 4.2 innings by issuing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. While batting, he recorded his first career hit off of Jacob deGrom, who also got a hit and made his MLB debut in the same game.[6] Whitley took the no-decision as the Yankees would go on to win against the Mets 1-0. It was the also first Yankee game since 1908 in which both starting pitchers were making their MLB debut.[7] Whitley surrendered his first major league home run on June 12 to Logan Morrison of the Seattle Mariners. On June 23, 2014 against the Blue Jays, Whitley surrendered 8 runs in 3.1 innings pitched, leading to his first MLB loss as the Yankees lost 3-8 to the Blue Jays.

Personal[edit]

Whitley has worked at the Excel Baseball Academy in Oxford, Alabama since 2010.[8]

He married Brooklyn Elise Herren in December 2010.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thornton, William (May 14, 2014). "Ranburne's Chase Whitley called up to 'The Show,' scheduled to make big-league debut with New York Yankees Thursday". The Birmingham News. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Shelley, Matt (June 27, 2007). "Southern Union baseball shows no signs of slowing". The Randolph Leader. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Marshall, Ashley. "RailRiders' Whitley fans career-high 11 | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Staten Island Yankees closer Chase Whitley relishes another chance". SILive.com. August 9, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ Snyder, Matt. "Yankees turn to prospect Chase Whitley for rotation help". CBSSports.com. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ Rohan, Tim (May 15, 2014). "In Rookie Duel, a Met Gets a Loss, and a Hit". New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ Castillo, Jorge (May 15, 2014). "Yankees top Mets, 1-0, in unlikely pitchers' duel". The Star Ledger. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ Hoch, Bryan (February 8, 2015). "To Alabama youth, Whitley a teacher first, big leaguer second". MLB.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Herren/Whitley engagement". Anniston Star. November 21, 2010. Archived from the original on December 3, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 

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